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About Permanently Closed - Golden Beetle

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Chow down on Mediterranean cuisine at Golden Beetle. It offers a casual atmosphere for guests to dine and converse. Golden Beetle serves a variety of flavorful dishes. Spicy hummus, roasted tomato soup or fire and honey chicken wings make for tasty starters. Guests can feast on a main course of wood-oven pizza, pan-seared chicken breast or marinated skirt steak. This restaurant also offers flatbread with tasty toppings, sandwiches and desserts.

Golden Beetle has a full service bar and a happy hour with specials. It provides brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. This gastropub offers outdoor seating for guests to dine and caters private events.

1744 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Gastro Pub, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Happy Hour: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30 - 6:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:30 - 6:30pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
NW 56th st

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 706-2977

Website:
http://www.golden-beetle.com/

Catering:
We can offer you a sit-down dinner for up to 12 people in the comfort of your own home, complete with service staff. Or, if you are interested in hosting a larger event in your home, we can offer passed hors d’oeuvres and stationary appetizers for up to 50 people.

Parking Details:
Free parking lot behind restaurant on NW 56th Street (shared with FedEx). There is no rear entrance, please walk around the building and enter through front entrance.

Executive Chef:
Maria Hines

Private Party Facilities:
In the restaurant we can offer you a private sit-down dinner for groups of 16 to 40 people or a cocktail party for up to 76

We also can offer you a sit-down dinner in the comfort of your own home, complete with service staff. Or, if you are interested in hosting a larger event in your home, we can offer passed hors d’oeuvres and stationary appetizers.

Private Party Contact:
Kurt Argys kurt@golden-beetle.com: (206) 706-2977

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
In the restaurant we can offer you a semi-private sit-down dinner for groups of 16 to 30 people or a cocktail party for up to 45 people with passed hors d’oeuvres and stationary appetizers.

Golden Beetle - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 20, 2012

The service this time was fast & efficient. We actually knew who our server was this time and as always the food was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on April 19, 2012

We had a wonderful vegetarian meal at Golden Beetle. Also the small plates were perfect for our 10year old. The chocolate truffle cake was a heavenly way to end the meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 15, 2012

Really creative versions of mediteranean classics. I highly recommend noshing on some olives while diving into the menu. The baklava was incredibly flaky without being too weighed down by honey. Parking isn't ideal - but it's Seattle.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 15, 2012

Unusual food selections, not for the steak or burgers crowd. Very good if you are an adventurous eater! We really liked it as we are attracted to "unusual tastes"!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 15, 2012

This was my third visit to Golden Beetle, and the first disappointing one.
The service was next to non-existent.
We watched several tables arrive after we were seated and before we were even offered water they'd ordered and been served their meals, AND we had a reservation!
The food was amazing as always when we finally got it, and the service did eventually improve. But it wasn't a great start to the evening.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 15, 2012

We ordered several small plates and some entrees and each was a wonder and tasted great. We ordered more bread at the end so we could sop up the amazing sauces and get every last bit. We did, however, have a few special needs at our table and the server got at least two orders wrong--these were quickly and efficiently corrected, but notable if you're picky about your food or frustrated by servers who don't write things down.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on April 13, 2012

This is a great spot especially if you have a restricted diet.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 13, 2012

I have visited The Golden Beetle on quite a few occasions. The food is always good and very interesting. And a great selection of wines. A good mix of ages of clients, which makes it comfortable. Staff is friendly and efficient. Noise level a little high, but I'm older and perhaps more sensitive. Definitely recommend the restaurant to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 11, 2012

The small plate style is great. The food was very good. We came for Seattle Restaurant Week and were able to try a few things. Definitely would come back to do more of a small plate dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 9, 2012

Loved the atmosphere and the food and the drinks were amazing!! I highly recommend this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 6, 2012

Tables in the bar area are too close to the bar, we changed tables because we were overwhelmed by the bar conversation, it was impossible to talk to each other.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 5, 2012

The server was personable and knowledgeable, the cocktails were memorable and the food was very tasty. We'll be back to try some of the items we didn't have.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 3, 2012

We celebrate 3 birthday's every year at a new restaurant and this was our choice this year. We all shared dishes and the servers were very happy to assist us with this. WE enjoyed the various dishes and were able to try more things that way. Your fresh pita is awesome.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 31, 2012

We're all about small plates and love Eastern Mediterranean food, and Golden Beetle is spot on for both. Their spanakopita is no doubt the best I've ever had and they have a brilliant pomegranate dip that you just can't get enough of, the kibbeh is good too.
The only thing that could/should be improved is the pita bread, feels somewhat industrial and cardboardy, baking it in-house isn't that hard and makes a huge difference.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 30, 2012

This place just has excellent food. I am picky about where I go to eat and this place has some of the best food in Seattle, without being too pricy. The service is also top notch. It really is a gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 29, 2012

The bar seating is approxiamately half the restaurant. We had two under age children (18 and 16) and needed to sit in the actual restaurant part. A nice couple moved to the bar area so we could be seated in the restaurant area (THANK YOU) Our kids are adenturous eaters and enjoyed everything. The four of us shared the grilled cheese and beet salad which was exceptional (wish I had one to myself) and I refused to share my duck!! We had to wait a bit for dessert, but definitely worth the wait.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 29, 2012

Didn't knock me out. I expected more.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 28, 2012

Unfortunately, the group table next to us had a great time partying and they were very LOUD!

The service was good and the food was excellent and memorable. The special thin sliced russet potato roll was light yet savory and beautifully plated. I love Tilth but, the GB atmosphere is more spacious, inviting, warm and contemporary. I hope that you'll always have a happy hour and small plates on the dinner menu during this economic downturn.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 26, 2012

This restaurant has small and medium-sized plates described as Mediterranean food (with a chef with a good reputation for great, authentic food). We were disappointed with the lack of "innovation" in the food. Lamb meatballs were just "so so" and the pizza was just "ok". Spreads with pita were nice, but could be ordered at any other restaurant in town (Lola's, for example). Prices are too high for the lack of innovation in the food.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 25, 2012

The food was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. There was nothing at the table (for 7) that I wouldn't have happily eaten! A birthday cake had been brought and stored in the kitchen at at just the right time the waitress brought it out to a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday. It was just perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 21, 2012

I've lived in Ballard for years, and had never tried the Golden Beetle. Recently a friend recommended the restaurant, so I chose it to celebrate my partner's birthday with his family. The entire experience was outstanding from start to finish. The staff was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable. Their suggestions were incredibly helpful in choosing from the many small plates they featured. Everything we chose was incredible (I know I'm using 'incredible a lot, but it really was). We had to hold back from licking the plates to get every last crumb. My only complaint is that I waited so long to experience this wonderful restaurant in my own back yard.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 20, 2012

Interesting combo of amazing Mediterranean flavors. My taste buds were loving every bite. Looking forward to another visit and trying more dishes. Great find!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 18, 2012

The food was so-so, the service was a little snarky, to be quite honest. I expected a bit more having had dinner at Tilth the night before. Also, the wild boar tagine that I went in for was no longer on the menu, which is a pet peeve. Keep your menu updated online. If you can't change the online menu, keep the item in stock until you can. The duck leg with orzo was the only choice I saw as similar and it was too much lemon or mustard and had a certain funk to it. Overall bad experience. There was a tip added on automatically for my party of 5. Not sure if that's customary, so be aware.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 18, 2012

LOTS OF VERY VERY NICE SMALL PLATES, NOT OVER- PRICED, NICELY BUT NOT OVERLY ELABORATELY PRESENTED, CAREFULLY COOKED, NICELY PRESENTED. REALLY TASTY, TOO. GET THERE AT FIVE IF YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO HEAR YOUR TABLEMATES FOR A WHILE. YEAH I"M OLD! BUT THAT"S WHY I FOUND THE REVIEW IN THE AAA MAGAZINE!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 17, 2012

Here is one of Seattle's outstanding restaurants in my opinion. Every dish brought the table on each occasion I dined there has been exceptional. And each has been an exciting dish either because of its preparation or its general goodness. I would eat there regularly if it were a closer to where I live. The falafel is I think the best in Seattle. I highly recommend this restaurant of true dedication to great exotic food. Don't miss the donuts!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 16, 2012

The food was excellent. We liked the selection of small plates and ordered a variety. The service could have been more attentive; they were quite busy, and there are a lot of seats in the restaurant, so there were times when we didn't see our server for quite a while. Once they brought soup but no spoons.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 16, 2012

We've been there twice this month; once with kids and once without. Our kids are good eaters and did okay. They enjoyed the pistachios (kid's favorite!), olives, cheese (our favorite!), and burger. But they were a bit bored. We've also had the kale, parsnip, tuna wrapped in grape leaves, tagine, spicy fries, and probably more. Everything was incredibly fresh, flavorful, and tasty. The tuna was a little fishy but its accompanying beans were great. The cocktails were fun, flavorful, and expertly made. Our new favorite place!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 10, 2012

Average food and poor service. The food was underwhelming and bland. I expected more flavor and spice for this caliber of a restaurant. Overall, with the exception of the lamb meatballs, not even as good as Aladdin in the U District.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 10, 2012

Excellent food at a great value! They do small plates well. The flavors are amazing and will satisfy your culinary curiosity - not to mention they're surprisingly filling. The service was excellent; everything was perfectly timed. I would definitely go there again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 10, 2012

All menu items were imaginative and cutting edge.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 9, 2012

The Golden Beetle is fun, relaxed, very pleasant ambience and the food is always excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 8, 2012

Went for dinner with 5 friends. Poor acoutics and hard for us to talk to each other. Food is O.K., but not great. A weak and small portion version of refined middle eastern themed cooking. Ms. Hine's other restaurant, Tilth is far superior and a delight to dine at so this was quite dissappointing.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 8, 2012

GB hasn't let me down yet--the food is consistently top-notch and we sampled a good deal of the small plates featured on the menu. Service was a bit spotty, and we were left alone for a long time before being offered drinks or having our order taken.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 8, 2012

Mediterranean organic fare...good value. Many vegetarian choices. Modern, health-conscious menu. Attentive service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 6, 2012

What a great find! The small menu is a gem. The service was exemplary and the bartender was a delight to watch. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 5, 2012

Great experience!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on March 4, 2012

Seriously excellent food. They sell fairly inexpensive small plates, which is great for sharing and sampling many tastes. The restaurant was casual; service was slightly lacking compared to the excellent food, but nothing terrible. We spent around $70 /w tax+tip for 2 persons. I will be going back.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 2, 2012

We're from New York City, and we were hoping to find a place to eat that would give us a real feel for Seattle. The Golden Beetle was perfect! Great food, great attitude, great people watching. I wish it were in my neighborhood back home.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 28, 2012

EVERYTHING was delicious! Healthy, yummy kale. Albacore tuna wrapped in grape leaves--a unique combination of tastes an textures. Kibbeh meatballs like Grandma Kalooky used to make!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 26, 2012

My girlfriend and I both really enjoyed our time at the Golden Beetle. The food was fantastic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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